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Here are the major promotions and job moves in the world of HR for this week.

If you’ve been promoted or if you’ve moved to a new company, let us know and we will announce your news here – just email lauraf@humanresourcesonline.net.

And for the pick of HR job opportunities in Asia check out HRjobs.


HR practitioner appointments

Desiree Wu combines HR and marketing at VML Southeast Asia and India
Effective 1 August, Desiree Wu is the regional director of operations at VML Southeast Asia and India. Based in Sinagpore, she’ll report directly to the CEO of VML Southeast Asia and India, Tripti Lochan.

Wu has 20 years of experience in operations and people management, of which the last 11 years based in APAC. Previous employers include Qantas, Cisco Systems, and American Express. Most recently, she was director of talent & marketing, APAC, at POSSIBLE.

In her new role, she is part of the executive management team with a focus on building the VML brand to drive overall brand awareness and talent capabilities. Her responsibilities will focus around working closely with peers, clients, partners and sister agencies, to deliver a brand and workforce that will continue to exceed the business objectives set by the agency. Read more here.

General Electric strengthens its talent development department
Starting June 2017, Suzanne Lourdes has taken up her new role as senior organization and talent development manager, Global Growth Organisation, ASEAN at General Electric. She joined the company in 2015 and most recently worked as HR manager, OTD, Global Growth Organisation, ASEAN.

In her new role, she leads the company’s finance management and digital leadership programmes for the ASEAN region, as well as employee human resource management for the gas business in Malaysia. She continues to be based in Malaysia.

Lim Zhi Rong takes up expanded role at Unilever as global HR director
Effective 1 Aug 2017, Lim Zhi Rong is Unilever’s new global HR director for Asia, Africa and Middle East (AAME). He reports to the global vice president of HR, foods and Unilever food solutions.

Previously, Lim was Unilever’s regional HR business partner, Southeast Asia. He joined the company in May 2016. He has more than ten years of experience in HR management, with previous employers including Mondelez International and Temasek Holdings.

In his new and expanded role, he will partner with the executive vice president of Unilever Food Solutions AAME on developing the future talent agenda.

Commenting on his expanded role, Lim said: “I look forward to making good contributions as the HR director, working closely with business stakeholders, including the Unilever Food Solutions Leadership Team and the HR team around the region, to drive business performance by enabling people initiatives.” He continues to be based in Singapore.

First Solar promotes Khaireena Yaakob to lead – OD & communication
Khaireena Yaakob has been promoted to lead – organisation development and communication at First Solar. She has been with the company since 2013, when she joined as organisation development & traning lead. Yaakob has more than 10 years of experience in the L&D field, utilising various adults learning theories and approaches. She continues to be based in Malaysia.

British Standard Institution welcomes new talent acquisition manager
Ruth Ann Balangue has joined the British Standard Institution, a member of BSI Group, as Asia Pacific talent acquisition manager starting in June 2017. Balangue is a HR leader with more than 15 years of experience specialising in recruitment and HR transformation.

Prior to joining the British Standard Instiution, she spent 8 years in IBM handling various regional and global leadership roles in recruitment. She continues to be based in Malaysia.

Koh Chia Wen takes up human capital executive role at Macro Kiosk
Effective June 2017, Koh Chia Wen is human capital executive at Macro Kiosk. Before joining Macro Kiosk, she spent four years working at EPS Malaysia, most recently in the role of senior consultant. She continues to be based in Malaysia.


HR solutions provider appointments

SAP appoints Claus Andresen as president and MD of SAP Southeast Asia
As of August 2017, Claus Andresen is the new president and managing director of SAP Southeast Asia. He will report directly to Scott Russell, president of SAP Asia Pacific Japan.

Adresen joined the company in 2003 and most recently was chief operating officer of SAP Indian Subcontinent. In his new role, he will be responsible for driving SAP Southeast Asia’s sustainable growth strategy and operations. Based in Singapore, he will oversee SAP’s business across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Indochina and other emerging markets in Southeast Asia.

Commenting on his new role, Andresen said: “I am honoured to lead the Southeast Asia’s business and bring innovations to our customers that unlock their potential.”

Scott Russell, president, SAP Asia Pacific Japan, said: “Claus brings with him the experience and vision to help our customers translate their strategy into action. I am confident that SAP Southeast Asia will continue to shine under his leadership.”

Jason Cornish joins Oracle as sales executive – Oracle HCM
Starting from June 2017, Jason Cornish has joined Oracle as a sales executive – Oracle HCM. Prior to taking up his role at Oracle, he worked for Cornerstone OnDemand, most recently as regional sales manager in Los Angeles. Cornish has over 12 years of experience in the broader HR & HR technology industry. In his new role, he is responsible for the growth of Oracle’s HCM cloud application suite, primarily across the ‘mid-market’ in Melbourne. He is based in Melbourne, Australia.

Ashley Yeong takes up expanded role at Deloitte
Effective June 2017, Ashley Yeong has taken up the new role of SEA consulting talent development & diversity manager at Deloitte. She joined the company in 2015 as SEA learning & development manager. In her expanded role, Yeong is responsible for the delivery and execution of learning strategy across SEA Consulting as well as other talent development and diversity initiatives. She continues to be based in Malaysia.

Deloitte welcomes new senior immigration consultant
Maria Fernandez has taken up her new role as senior immigration consultant at Deloitte as of June 2017. Before joining Deloitte, she was a relocation and immigration consultant at Asian Tigers Mobility. She continues to be based in Singapore.

Krystal Verdote is senior people and culture administrator at Perks
As of June 2017 Krystal Verdote has joined Perks Integrated Businesss Services as senior people & culture administrator. Before taking up her role at Perks, she was an executive assistant at EY. She is based in the Philippines.

Ashley Karnen joins Pulsifi as director, strategic client engagement
Starting in June 2017, Ashley Karnen is the director, strategic client engagement at Pulsifi. Prior to joining the company he worked for Manpower, most recently as head of manpower staffing services. In his new role, one of his main responsibilities is obtaining and maintaining long term partnerships by incorporating a digital solution into the human resource space. While he continues to be based in Malaysia, he now takes on a regional role.

Jacky Cheung moves to David James Recruitment
Jacky Cheung has joined David James Recruitment as senior manager. He took up his new role starting June 2017. Cheung brings with him ten years of recruitment experience and specialises in commerce and industry accounting and finance professionals. He started his recruitment career at Robert Half, and most recently worked at Morgan McKinley. He continues to be based in Hong Kong.

Raine Paraiso is promoted to recruitment manager at Drake International
Effective June 2017, Raine Paraiso has taken up her new role as recruitment manager at Drake International. She joined the company back in 2011 as a recruitment specialist and has secured several promotions since. She continues to be based in the Philippines.

Michelle Lim joins Airswift as senior recruitment consultant
Michelle Lim has joined Airswift as senior recruitment consultant – property and construction, APAC. She took up her new role in June 2017 and specialises in general practices and technical roles for property developers in the Asia Pacific Region. Before making the move to Airswift, Lim was a senior consultant at Spring Professional. She continues to be based in Malaysia.

Michael Page promotes Kevin Yap to senior consultant
Effective June 2017, Kevin Yap was promoted to senior consultant at Michael Page. He joined the company in 2015 as associate concultant and worked his way up the ranks. Based in Malaysia, Yap specialises in the end-to-end recruitment process for highly qualified middle to senior sales professionals within the business services and digital services.

If you’ve been promoted or if you’ve moved to a new company, let us know and we will announce your news here – just email lauraf@humanresourcesonline.net.

And for the pick of HR job opportunities in Asia check out HRjobs.

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